Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling


Our Program

When you study in the Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program you broaden your ability to impact education and services for people with disabilities. The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program offers a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that brings together faculty and students across disciplinary and departmental lines to explore interrelated aspects of disabilities. You also set your career in fast forward. You learn to:

  • Prepare new teachers and clinicians to effectively implement research-based practices
  • Develop and evaluate new programs
  • Conduct meaningful research on important topics.

In our program you learn to prepare teachers and clinicians to have a wide impact on students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Upon graduation you will have the skills necessary to become a university professor and leader in disability-related fields.

Learn more about our programs today!

Our Facilities

Our grants and projects:

Autism Support Services: Education, Research and Training (ASSERT)
The Center for Employment & Inclusion
National Resource Center for Paraeducators
Peer Tutoring

PDRF Perks
  • Four-year fellowship
  • $10,000 scholarship (each year for four years)
  • Full-tuition award (each year for four years)
  • Departmental Assistantship
  • Health insurance
  • Enrollment in Research Certification
  • Exclusive socials, special guests, and trainings
  • One-on-one support from the Associate Vice President

Application Requirements

Please contact Dr. Pinkelman at sarah.pinkelman@usu.edu with your questions. To learn more about Dr. Pinkelman’s research and her lab, please visit her lab website: www.pinkelmanlab.com

  • Meet all School of Graduate Studies requirements for general admission to USU
  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete your Master’s degree in a related field
  • Apply to the Ph.D. program by January 15 the year you plan to enter